A new economy of work, on the blockchain

How The Bounties Network and Gitcoin are working towards a new way of working.

Gitcoin

Recently, however, I found an alternative: Gitcoin. Nope, it’s not another cryptocurrency, even though it sounds like that. Instead, it is a way for blockchain projects to outsource work to the community in the form of bounties, which are basically Github issues with some form of reward attached to them. Not only is that a great, low-barrier, way to make a quick buck, but it’s also a great way to get involved in the blockchain space as a developer, something I was having a hard time getting into as a developer that used to be mainly focussed on mobile and web.

StandardBounties and The Bounties Network

I spent some evenings the last few weeks completing some small tasks through Gitcoin, and in the process met a few of the people behind some very cool blockchain projects. Then, this week, I learned that Gitcoin is just part of something much bigger: StandardBounties, a standard for issuing bounties for work on the Ethereum platform.

Opportunity

This new network and open standard makes it possible for any type of developer (not just those that can code Solidity contracts!) to have a consistent source of work whenever necessary. I’m super excited about the possibilities of this, from students being able to make rent without having to go deep into debt, to startup founders that need to make some money on the side while their core business grows.

Entrepreneur tech kid, co-founder of NearSt, Londoner, open source enthusiast and aspiring spare time literature geek.

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